Martin E. Dover

Born: Tue., May 14, 1963
Died: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 09, 2018
Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 10, 2018
Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church

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Martin Edward Dover, known by all as Marty, 54, of Damascus, Maryland, fell asleep on January 29, 2018 and is awaiting the return of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was at home surrounded by his family and friends.

Born in Camden, New Jersey to Robert and Vera Dover. He lived the majority of his life in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Marty is survived by his wife Jennifer of 25 years, daughters Ashley Young and Dorothy Dover, and his granddaughter Grace Young. He is also survived by his sisters Pam Dover and Deb Dover and her husband Dave Stein, and his brothers; Bob Dover, Don Dover and his wife Nici; and Jeremy Dover and his wife Angela. As well as his four nieces; Katelynn Church, Margaret Dover, Helen Dover and Leanna Dover and one nephew Robert Dover and many, many loving friends he considered family.

Marty always worked hard. He started working the graveyard shift at a gas station at the age of 17. He worked his way up to owning Century Auto Service. Marty always went the extra mile by taking the time to explain in detail what was wrong with customers cars and the best action to take. He put the needs of others before making money and that is why many of his customers trusted him and came back year after year. He had a great impact in the community; people knew where to find a fair price and quality work.

In his free time Marty enjoyed time with friends and family dining out, playing softball, bowling and fishing. Marty loved to be out on the water fishing. Whether ocean or lake, Marty would relish in casting out and waiting for his next catch. He enjoyed the serenity of fishing and he loved being in God's great outdoors.

Marty taught his daughters through his actions to befriend everyone. He demonstrated this by showing kindness to everyone he came in contact with. Marty loved to talk politics and he was a frequent caller on the local talk radio station. They would announce him as Marty from Damascus and he would have some witty or comical comment.

As he would say " I am just a man trying to do good in this world." Once while fishing he was called a simple man and he exemplified the simple man. To quote Lynyrd Skynrd "take your time, dont live too fast, troubles will come and they will pass. And be a simple kind of man, oh be something you love and understand." Marty enjoyed and saw the beauty in life. He kept his priorities, lived by them and treasured each day. He was just a man trying to do good in this world, a simple man. He will be remembered and loved always and forever.

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Redeemer Lutheran Church. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon at the Redeemer Lutheran Church. The church is located at 27015 Ridge Rd, Damascus, MD 20872.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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Karen Hull
   Posted Wed February 07, 2018
Shocked, saddened, and oh so happy all at the same time! I had no idea Marty had been sick. I'd moved to Texas a year ago, and lost touch. I was back into Germantown at Christmas and thought of stopping in to see him, but was too busy. My loss. Now I celebrate that Marty is at Home with his Heavenly Father and his dear mother, Vera. I know the angels are celebrating with them! I can feel Vera's smile and am rejoicing - even as I mourn with Marty's wife and daughters, and siblings. God's peace I pray for each one. With Love, Karen Hull

karen hull
   Posted Wed February 07, 2018


With deepest sympathy and fondest memories to a very special family. Vera is there with you still, and now with Marty for eternity. God be Praised! With love, Karen & Greg Hull, Raina Hull, Karla Hull & Jose Amaya.

Lynne Oakes
   Posted Wed February 07, 2018
I cannot even begin to express how much I will miss Marty and the brightness and energy he brought to my world. Yes, it was my car that was the connection, we shared many Toyota stories, and I always have appreciated how he helped me with my life through my car.
I send my condolences to all the family. There is no way to replace such a bright light as Marty and yet I know that he imbued all the family with that special caring for other people.
As soon as I got the call from Tom at Century, I began to write about Marty.
I offer it here as my testimony of what he meant in my life.

I was a young mother and had wanted to move from a cramped apartment with my family to a house where there was room for my son to grow, to enjoy a neighborhood and a better school.

In 1982, we did that. Now 36 years later, I am mourning the death of someone very special that I had met in those early days in this growing town, someone who was then, just a kid himself.

In those beginning days in our new home we had to find the local businesses we needed and one of them was where to take one’s car. We found Mike McGrady who owned Century Auto and also ran the gas station next door. He had a youngster working for him then, and that was Marty Dover.
Today I learned of Marty’s death a week ago. Tom from the station called to let me know, as he knew we had been friends for many years. I am touched by the courtesy for him to do that, to call me. But then my entire experience with the men at Century Auto has been special and unique.

Marty had been ill for a while now and yet it all came to an end very fast and so now I mourn the loss of him in my life because he was always a bright energetic helpful person that I would sometimes just stop in to say hello to, even though my trusty Toyota was running well. He and I would share Toyota stories as he had one that made it up over 200,000 miles! I knew he loved the beach and going fishing, I knew he loved his work and his crew, and I knew he loved his family.

I feel tears behind my eyes that don’t spill over in these moments after I have hung up the phone. Tom said he found a note left for Marty to call me. Once in a while since his illness started I would call just to say hello and check up on him. He came into the shop in the mornings when he felt well enough or the weather wasn’t miserable. I had just called about two weeks ago but missed him and now I miss him more than ever.

I can hear his voice and his laugh and his fast quick way of taking care of business, making some funny remark, and thanking me for my business or for stopping in. I used to do it even before he became ill. He was that kind of guy. I can see him getting ticked off about something, shaking his head about it, talking so fast that you didn’t even quite get all of what he said. Once, some years ago, when something had really gotten to him he talked to me about it. We stood out by the car in the parking area while he expressed his exasperation. I hope my listening helped and on the way home I stopped at the florist that used to be here in town and had them send him a saucer and teacup with a big happy face on it – full of flowers. Not the usual thing to do for a car guy! He loved it.

I’ve never met his family, but I remember when he got married and of course I remember when Mike retired and Marty took over the place so very well.
I’m sure Mike has to be as sad as I am for the loss of Marty who he trained and helped over the years. I am sad to meet his family under these circumstances.

People come and go in our lives. It is the way of things. But really, one never gets used to it.
Best thing about Marty? He cared.
Written with affection by Lynne Haussler Oakes on this day, February 6th, 2018

Sending thoughts of comfort to you all.

Scott Burdette
   Posted Thu February 08, 2018
The Dover Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss of Marty. I remember him fondly throughout our school years and while living and growing up in Germantown. I am truly saddened to hear of Marty's passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with each of you today, and all of the difficult days ahead. Rest in Peace Marty. God Bless you and your family.
Scott Burdette

   Posted Thu February 08, 2018
My family's prayers to Marty, his family, and coworkers. I was just a person looking for an honest place to service my car and dropping by Century, Marty made a big impression and have been returning for 8 years. His honesty, professionalism, time to explain was evident of the trust with his customers. May his legacy continue. Rest in Peace. May God open the gates for you.

Nancy Cohen
   Posted Fri February 09, 2018
Oh my, I only learned the sad news of Marty's passing on the evening of your family's visitation. Please accept my profound sympathy for your great loss. Thank you to whoever wrote this tribute to Marty, allowing us customers to know him and his family better.

My husband and I and my daughter have been trusting our cars to Marty and his colleagues for more than 30 years. He was a true anchor in our Germantown community, an integral part of "home." That was in large measure due to his lively and caring personality. He made every customer feel valued. We trusted him implicitly. We shall miss him deeply.

The first time I saw Marty after my husband passed in 2011 he instinctively jumped around the counter and gave me a big hug, and I was so grateful. It wasn't just about cars for Marty; it was about people.

He was so young; God must really need an ambassador to learn the business. As his family, I know you all realize what a special man he was. May God bless you with happy memories of his life with you.

Mark & Cheryl Hecht
   Posted Sun February 18, 2018
We were so saddened to hear of Marty’s passing. As longtime customers of Century Auto, we always appreciated his honesty and integrity and enjoyed stopping in and catching up. A bright light has gone out, and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and our friends at Century Auto.

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